Rain Can’t Stop Rock To Rock

Caty Poole PhotoThe weather couldn’t stop one of New Haven’s great new annual community events from filling the city’s streets with hundreds of cyclists Saturday.

It was the annual “Rock to Rock” environmental charity ride, with long journeys for top-serious cyclists and family rides for everyone to get involved.

Some 1,063 riders registered for the event, which raised $143,847 was raised for participating organizations, reported Caty Poole of Massaro Community Farm, one of those organizations. She said more than half the registrants braved the rain to complete the planned rides. She has proof: She sent in these photos.

“Surprisingly, many were families with kids. We also thought that some folks who had registered to ride the longer lengths opted for shorter lengths,” Poole reported in an email message.

“The 8-mile was especially full. The rain dampened everything but the spirits of those who came out to support their organizations. There were plenty of vendors on hand for riders once they arrived at East Rock Park, including Caseus Cheese Truck, Sugar Cupcake, Elm City Market and Ricky D’s Rib Shack. Many of the participating organizations represented by teams of riders were also there: New Haven Farms, Solar Youth, Urban Resources Initiative, CitySeed, CT Audobon, and Massaro Community Farm. Although Common Ground’s team edged out Team Massaro in fundraising by less than $100, Team Massaro still won multiple prizes for its efforts: having the first rider to raise $2500 and for having the individual who raised the most amount. Teams were still receiving online pledges” Sunday.

Click here for a peek at last year’s event, when the weather cooperated.


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